Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart missed the Southwick round of Motocross last weekend due to the birth of his first child, son Tabiahs, who was born Saturday morning in Florida.But following a week off – and missing multiple other rounds due to injury – the two-time Supercross Champion will return to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Millville, Minn., for round 8 of 12 this weekend – the Spring Creek national.
Yoshimura Suzuki Team Manager Mike Webb says: “We celebrate with James the newest addition to the Stewart family,” Webb said. “I’m sure some teams will be looking to sign the little guy before he’s out of diapers. Even though James has stayed with his family waiting for the birth of their baby, he’s been on his RM-Z practicing and he’s ready to get back to racing.”The year has been nothing but heartache for the Yoshimura team; not only was Stewart injured, but also teammate Blake Baggett, who re-injured his collarbone during a crash at Southwick. The substitute rider – Matt Bisceglia – was also injured during a crash at Southwick, which will force him to miss Millville MX; he is expected to return August 13 at Unadilla.Stewart will be the sole Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 pilot at Millville MX.Webb says “It’s a tough break to lose Blake for the season. He’s been such a warrior fighting back and racing with injury and pushing himself all the way to some solid finishes. We couldn’t be more pleased with his efforts. Matt’s been doing a great job filling in and we look forward to his return at Unadilla.”Live coverage for Millville begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at www.promotocross.com. The motos can also be viewed on MAVTV and NBCSN.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!